ArchiveJuly 2017

#GuestPost: taking the MS Society to task

Has the MS Society been caught navel gazing? #GuestPost  I have in the past criticised the MS Society over various issues. It was therefore surprising when one of our patients complained to me about them as well. I think the issue he has raised is important enough to be discussed in public and I therefore asked him to prepare a guest post.   MS Society. Together we walk On 24th...

EBV and Vitamin D..reducing antibodies

Rolf L, Muris AH, Mathias A, Du Pasquier R, Koneczny I, Disanto G, Kuhle J, Ramagopalan S, Damoiseaux J, Smolders J, Hupperts R. Exploring the effect of vitamin D3 supplementation on the anti-EBV antibody response in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler. 2017:1352458517722646.  BACKGROUND:Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and vitamin D insufficiency are potentially...

#ResearchSpeak: are you a drinker?

What is the evidence that alcohol is good for you? #ResearchSpeak #MSBlog The following study implies that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with lower disability and suggest red wine is good for you. However, moderate red wine consumption (1-3 glasses per week) was associated with a faster increased in MRI T2 lesion volume, i.e. focal MRI activity. How do we square this circle? We...

Mouse Flu is it really informative about Man Flu

Blackmore S, Hernandez J, Juda M, Ryder E, Freund GG, Johnson RW, Steelman AJ. Influenza infection triggers disease in a genetic model of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017. pii: 201620415 Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Most MS patients experience periods of symptom exacerbation (relapses)...

Sorry I messed up

I have to apologise but I was immersed in the World Para Athletics 2017 and the Last Leg and was supposed to launch your comments but deleted them by pressing the wrong button by mistake, so if you have the comments please submit again.

Autoimmunity in MS: Neurofilament light

Puentes F, van der Star BJ, Boomkamp SD, Kipp M, Boon L, Bosca I, Raffel J, Gnanapavan S, van der Valk P, Stephenson J, Barnett SC, Baker D, Amor S. Neurofilament Light as an Immune Target for Pathogenic Antibodies. Immunology. 2017. doi: 10.1111/imm.12797. [Epub ahead of print] Antibodies to neuronal antigens are associated with many neurological diseases including paraneoplastic...

#GuestPost & #NewsSpeak: feedback from the MS-Chariot meeting

An MSer’s perspective the MS-Chariot meeting. #GuestPost #ThinkHand #MSChariot Last week, I attended the first MS Chariot meeting at St Barts. Around the table were about twenty of us – mostly neurologists from the UK and abroad, health researchers, an MS Society  representative and a few of us MSers – all there to discuss the possibilities, funding, treatments and yes...

BrainHealth

Today in the News you may hear about brain health to help protect against Dementia from Alzheimer’s. However, these are all relevant to MS too There are 9 things mentioned that may help  The nine risk factors include: Less childhood education Hearing loss Hypertension Obesity Smoking Diabetes Depression Physical inactivity Social isolation Potential risk factors: Pollution Visual loss...

MS Blog of Year 2017

We received notice that we were one of the Healthline’s 

Best MS Blogs of the Year

Here is the list (CLICK). Be warned this site contains adverts and this has nothing to do with us.

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psychiatric disorders in children

Psychiatric disorders in children with demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system.Pakpoor J, Goldacre R, Schmierer K, Giovannoni G, Waubant E, Goldacre MJ. Mult Scler. 2017 Jul 1:1352458517719150. doi: 10.1177/1352458517719150. [Epub ahead of print] INTRODUCTION: The profile of psychiatric disorders associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) may differ in children. We aimed to...

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